Pope Benedict on Gay Marriage

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“The Catholic Church,” wrote G. K. Chesterton, “is the one thing that saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.

That is so true. Whatever the latest fad or fashion, no matter how silly, how transitory, or how malicious, the Roman Catholic Church transcends it—a divine institution founded by Christ and the Apostles. It rescues us from being children of our age, captive to the latest degrading trends and whims. To borrow from the late William F. Buckley Jr., it stands athwart history yelling “stop!”

I was reminded of that yet again over Christmas, when I heard Pope Benedict’s annual message. In that Christmas message, the pope referred to same-sex marriage as “unnatural.”

How inspiring that was. Consider: America’s progressives, beaming with confidence in the reelection of Barack Obama, are pushing full force for gay marriage. It’s a giant, relentless rush. It is truly all the rage in Hollywood, on college campuses, at the New York Times, and at the Obama White House. If you think homosexuality isn’t the new normal, well, then, you’re not normal—you are a cruel pariah.

But stop! Calmly stepping into the fray, with no fanfare, is the bishop of Rome: Pope Benedict XVI. “Pope Benedict denounces gay marriage,” stated the headline in the New York Daily News.

Well, not exactly, it’s not that he denounced gay marriage. He’s simply not for gay marriage. He said, boldly and unequivocally, that such an arrangement destroys the “essence of the human creature.” Given that a person’s gender identity is God-given and unchangeable, gay marriage, said Benedict, is a “manipulation of nature,” a “freedom to create oneself,” which stands in denial of God “the Maker.” Such “radically different types of unions,” said Benedict, “actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society.” Such “truths,” said the pope, “are inscribed in human nature itself.”

In response, liberals/progressives went ballistic. Gee, what’s wrong with the Pope? Doesn’t he watch TV? Doesn’t he listen to Obama?

So-called “LGBT activists” staged a protest at St. Peter’s Square, and a coalition of liberal Catholic groups called Equally Blessed denounced Benedict’s view as “rigid and outmoded.” The Huffington Post complained that Benedict, in an address to “the Vatican bureaucracy,” had taken “anti-gay marriage to [a] new level.”

In truth, Pope Benedict merely wants to keep marriage at the level where it has always been: between a man and a woman. That’s perfectly natural.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • John

    Thank God for the pope. Unfortunately there is s fifth column in many places and they hide the truth and ignore Catholic teaching. From what I have observed, making tuna fish sandwiches for the poor is all that matters, morality per se, never never an issue from many pulpits. It seems that being a good social worker is what is taught today in many places. I don’t think I heard any defense of marriage or explanation of it all while NY legalized homosexual “marriage” nor was there any homily mention of abortion while the recent mass murder episode in CT got extra special mention for the homily, even special candles lit – all while the same pastor ignores 4000 a day murders in abortion, no candles there, no special sensitivty for those children. Apparently the Nazis have done an effective job in dehumanizing the new Jews and death camps, after all, why the great upset over 26 people when 4000 get bumped off every day? It seems only some kinds of people count. And of course the same people promote all the immorality that leads to so many out of wedlock children, offering the helping hand of death as the final solution for undesired situations.

  • Correction: we are not doing marriage the way it’s “always been.” If you want to take it that route, then you would be pushing for the establishment of polygamy.

  • I’m not sure what gay marriage and abortion have to do with each other. The deaths of all children are worthy of mourning, regardless of the media coverage. If you think 26 kids dying is not a big deal, then you need to reevaluate why you call yourself pro-life.

  • knl100

    Polygamy was never accepted by the Church or by western nations as marriage.

  • rakeys

    If you have read the Bible, or even the Theology of the Body, you will discover that Jesus said ” Have you not read that He who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has put together let no man put asunder.’ …For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” MT 19:4-8
    Marriage was always between one man and one woman, according to Jesus.

  • rakeys

    26 kids dying is a big deal. But so is the killing of 4000 babies in abortion, each day, for which there is little outcry.
    Both abortion and gay marriage violate God’s plan for humanity.